Safety & Security

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Residence is a safe place to live. However, the university alone cannot ensure your security. There are steps all residents must take to help us provide a safe living and learning environment for everyone.

In Residence

  • Lock your room/unit door and window when you’re away or sleeping, even on the upper floors. Police remind us that intruders can scale buildings.
  • Don’t prop exterior doors to your residence building.
  • Don’t allow strangers to tailgate you into residence buildings. People authorized to be in residence should have a key.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain view in your room. Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your room.
  • If a crime or stranger intrusion is in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately. Time is of the essence for police to attend.
  • Immediately report suspicious incidents to Campus Security at 604.822.2222, the campus RCMP at 604.224.1322 (non-emergency number), and then report it to your Commonsblock Front Desk.
  • Keep UBC non-emergency phone numbers and your residence Front Desk numbers in your cellphone.

Around Campus

  • Always walk with a friend after dark.
  • Check University Stay Safe for important messages and updates.
  • Use AMS Safewalk or ride the Translink Community Shuttle.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert: using a cellphone or earphones can distract you.
  • If you feel you may be in danger, call for help using a Campus Blue Light phone or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.
  • Help your friends be safe. Tell each other where you are going and when you will return.
  • Avoid providing personal information such as email, full name, address or phone number to people you do not know well.
  • Be aware that signals and messages may be conveyed and interpreted differently between people. Communicate your limits as clearly as possible. If someone is pressuring you into an unsafe situation—say no. Be direct and assertive.
  • Read additional crime prevention tips from UBC Security.

Who to Call

  • In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
  • University RCMP will respond to non-emergency issues. Call 604.224.1322.
  • Campus Security at 604.822.2222.
  • In the evening, call AMS Safewalk.
  • Blue Light Phones around campus connect directly to UBC Security.

Protect Valuables

Laptops, tablets, smartphones, wallets, purses and personal identification documents can be an easy target for thieves in residence. Keep them safe by securing your room/unit every time you leave, even if it is just for a minute.

  • Keep photocopies of all your identification, credit cards, serial numbers—anything that would have to be replaced if your belongings were taken.
  • Get insurance to protect your belongings from theft or damage due an unforeseen cause like a fire or flood. UBC is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property. Some students may already be covered under their family’s plan. BCAA is also an option.
  • Rent a safety deposit box at a nearby bank to secure valuables such as large amount of cash.

Bicycle Security

Cycling at UBC is a quick and healthy way to get around campus. Consider these tips for keeping your bike safe from thieves:

  • UBC Security recommends using a good quality steel U-lock and heavy cable lock for the front wheel.
  • Don’t bring an expensive bike to campus.
  • If possible, keep your bike in your room, but not in hallways or common areas due to fire safety regulations.
  • Never leave an unlocked bike on a balcony, even if you are above the ground floor.
  • Residences have bike parking facilities and there are other places to store your bike around campus.

Vehicle Parking

  • Do not leave valuables in any vehicle parked on campus.
  • All vehicles parked on campus must have insurance.

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